Mozz is set to open at Bellevue Gardens shopping center in February

If you’re into cheese, you’ll be happy to hear that Newport’s cheese scene is about to undergo a major upgrade: Mozz (pronounced “words”) is set to open in Bellevue Gardens Mall in February. 2022 and will offer fresh mozzarella di Bufala. made daily, as well as other imported Italian cheeses, breads and specialties.

The soon-to-open Italian cheese destination, owned by husband-and-wife team Luca & Christina Mignogna, has already excited local turophiles across Newport County. Mignonas’s vision for Mozz is to be a kind of “laboratory”, bringing continuing education on how to make cheese in space in addition to making pasta, pizza, fresh bread and an Italian market. traditional.

The Mignonas bring to Mozz many years of case farming (the craft of cheese making) and culinary expertise. Luca, who grew up making cheese alongside his grandfather in the Molise region of Italy, worked as a teacher for 6 years at BCAE teaching artisan cheese making and worked in hotel kitchens in 5 star luxury around the world. He founded Wolf Meadow Farm in 2011 and, with help from Christina, moved the farm to Amesbury, MA, where they built and developed a state-of-the-art Italian creamery that supplied Italian-style cheeses like mozzarella and ricotta to residents and restaurants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Christina, who has a background in business and restaurant management, focuses on managing all aspects of the business side of cheese making.

Christina tells us Mozz is slated to open in February, but with COVID-19 still in the picture, that could change. For now, you can get a head start on your cream cheese in Mozz’s online store by signing up to their cheese of the month club (delivery starts in March 2022) or signing up for a cheese making (dates to be determined).

We had the chance to ask Christina a few questions about the upcoming opening of Mozz. Read on to find out more.

Who are the owners of Mozz and what is their connection to Aquidneck Island?

We live here on Aquidneck Island and are happy to call this place since 2020. My dad grew up in RI so we went here to be closer to family.

What is the store’s vision and what types of products will be in stock?

The store’s vision is a laboratory; a work in progress. Customers will be able to stop and see cheese making, pizza and pasta making, or just come for a quick coffee or a quick bite to go. Maybe customers only visit for the Italian market or for fresh bread. Entering the store is meant to take you back to your favorite bustling Italian markets. The mozzarella will be freshly made every day, reminiscent of the caseifici in Italy.

Mozz Shop page list cheese making and pasta making workshops. Can you tell us more about these?

Sure! Education has always been an important part of what we do. And sharing is just as important to us. These cheese and pasta making classes allow us all to reconnect to the source of taking simple ingredients and carrying them to the sustenance of your day.

What inspired the owner (s) to open an artisanal Italian bakery and cheese factory?

Mozzarella is my husband Luca’s first love, so making cheese became a way for him to recreate the beauty of mozzarella when he couldn’t find something comparable in the United States. And it all kind of blossomed from there. Bread entered the scene because it is cheese’s natural friend for life.

Why did you choose Bellevue Gardens as the location for Mozz?

It is a prime and well maintained location with plenty of parking! We are delighted to be right in the heart of the city, with great complementary neighbors all around us. Honestly this place got there before I think we were ready to open but it kind of just fell into place like everything is meant to be.

When should the store open?

February 2022, assuming everything goes as planned!

How has COVID impacted Mozz’s plans and the opening date?

COVID seems to be the reason for everything these days! It is clear that supply chain management has been affected for all businesses around the world. COVID has also helped us, however, to be more creative in how we reach people’s palates, through online sales, cheese of the month clubs sent right to your door, or simply our online ordering and pickup. anticipated. – model store. If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is certain. We will continue to move forward in our guided direction and will continue to be flexible and adaptable as best we can while being grateful to the community for their support.

Learn more about Mozz on their website and follow them on social media at @mozznewport for updates.

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